Source: Dubai – Reuters
Three sources in Emirates Airlines, one of the largest airlines that operate long-haul flights in the world, said that it dispensed with more pilots and hospitality crews today, Wednesday, on the second day of the company layoffs.
A Emirates Airlines spokeswoman declined to comment after the company announced on Tuesday the layoffs of some employees. No more details were available.
The sources told Reuters that the Dubai-based company had laid off hundreds of pilots and hospitality crews on Tuesday in an effort to avoid a cash crisis caused by the Corona virus pandemic.
The sources said on Tuesday that more layoffs are expected this week, which include pilots working on the Airbus A-380 and Boeing 777.
She added that the company had informed those who had been laid off that their jobs had become redundant.
And the aviation sector is one of the sectors most affected by the repercussions of the outbreak of the Corona virus, with airlines around the world laying off employees and seeking financial rescue from governments.
The government company had said in May that the Dubai government’s pledge to provide it with new liquidity would allow it to retain its skilled workforce.
Since then, the company has stated that it may take 4 years to resume flights across its entire network of 157 international destinations it was serving before the pandemic.
The company has operated a limited number of flights, mostly out of the UAE, since passenger flights stopped in March, but it is scheduled to resume a number of transit flights after the UAE lifted the suspension of this service this month.
The Emirates Group, the government holding company that includes Emirates Airlines, has also laid off some workers at its subsidiary Dnata Airport Services.